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London Oratory Schola’s Sacred Treasures of Spain

LONDON, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — De Montfort Music/AimHigher Recordings proudly announces the sophomore release from The London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir, one of three choirs of the world-renowned London Oratory choral program. The new album Sacred Treasures of Spain will be available June 28, 2019, on AimHigher Recordings through her parent distributor De Montfort Music. Sacred Treasures of Spain is the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2017 debut album of the label arrangement, Sacred Treasures of England, which Gramophone called, “A bright, joyful grain… with disarming freshness,” and which shot to the top ten of the Classical Billboard Charts in both the U.K. and the U.S.

The Schola Cantorum, which has been featured in a number of major motion pictures, including The Lord of The Rings,presents a gorgeous must-have collection of sacred music from the Spanish renaissance on Sacred Treasures of Spain. The new recording will coincide with a U.S. tour of the West Coast, including singing at three of California’s historic Missions.

“The London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir brings a completely unique repertoire of sacred music to ears and spirits on Sacred Treasures of Spain,” said De Montfort/AimHigher Co-founder Monica Fitzgibbons. “On the heels of the sublime Sacred Treasures of England, we could not be more enthused to release this extraordinary collection for music fans everywhere to enjoy.”

Charles Cole, Director of the Schola, had this to say of their latest offering, “We are delighted to release this new recording of beautiful Spanish motets drawn from the repertory, which we sing at the London Oratory. Sixteenth century Spain, known as the Siglo de Oro, truly was a golden era during which a number of outstanding composers crafted their most beautiful work, adding to the treasury of great renaissance polyphony.”

About The London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir 

The Schola was founded in 1996. Educated in the Junior House of the London Oratory School, boys from the age of 7 are given outstanding choral and instrumental training within a stimulating musical environment.   Directed by Charles Cole, the prestigious Schola is regarded as one of London’s leading boy-choirs, in demand for concert and soundtrack work. The London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir will be the first choir to release an album under a new international recording partnership with AimHigher Recordings/Sony Classical. For more information, visit: www.londonoratoryschola.com/.

About De Montfort Music/AimHigher Recordings

AimHigher Recordings is the sister label of De Montfort Music and releases eclectic Classical and Jazz music. Both labels provide a unique storytelling approach to extraordinary audiovisual projects. The labels have launched several Billboard chart-topping albums, consistently reaching #1 and/or top slots on Billboard‘s Classical Traditional Year-Ending charts for 2012-2018.

For more information visit:  www.DeMontfortMusic.com  www.AimHigherRecordings.com

The 70th Anniversary of the Messe Solennelle by Jean Langlais

2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the Messe Solennelle by Jean Langlais (1907-1991) the French organist-composer who was Titulaire at Ste-Clotilde, Paris. The boys of the London Oratory Schola will be performing the Mass in a Concert at Holy Trinity, Sloane Square alongside works by Maurice Duruflé, Olivier Messiaen, Gabriel Fauré and Jehan Alain, all French composers. The concert takes place on Thursday 21 March 2019 at 7.30pm and is directed by Charles Cole and accompanied by Ben Bloor. Tickets are available here at £15 (£10 concessions). To visit the Schola’s website please click here.

 

Christmas Oratorio at the London Oratory

On Monday 17 December 2018 at 7pm the boys of the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory will perform JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Brompton Oratory. Sung in the original German, with Nicholas Mulroy (Evangelist), the performance will be accompanied by the St Cecilia Players and conducted by Charles Cole. Tickets priced £20 (£10 concessions) will be available on the door as well as in advance from the Oratory House (from 10 November) and are available online.

St John Passion at the London Oratory

The boys of the London Oratory Schola will perform J.S. Bach’s St John Passion at the London Oratory on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at 7pm. Accompanied by the St Cecilia Players, the performance will be sung in German. The roles of Christus and the Evangelist will be sung by Michael Craddock and Nicholas Mulroy, and the performance will be conducted by Charles Cole. Tickets priced £20 (£10 concessions) will be available on the door as well as in advance from the Oratory House (from February onwards) and by calling 020 7381 7684. Further information available here.

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London Oratory Schola Tour to the USA October 2017

Feature Video of The London Oratory Schola’s new CD

The London Oratory Schola has released a new CD with AimHigher Recordings/Sony Classical. Sacred Treasures of England is available from Amazon and iTunes and includes Tye’s Missa Euge Bone as well as Tudor motets by Byrd, Tallis, Parsons, Philips and Sheppard. A feature video of the boys singing one of the tracks from the album can be seen below, recorded in London’s Brompton Oratory.

 

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More information is available at the Schola’s website here and at AimHigher Recordings here. The Schola’s next concert takes place in London on 28 March 2017, see poster below for more details.

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The London Oratory Junior Choir Tour to Venice October 2016

The London Oratory Junior Choir will be touring Venice this coming October singing two Masses and a Concert. See the poster for details:

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